"Vitsad, pakud, täpid" - techniques for Kihnu knitting **
Teacher: Riina Tomberg
Riina Tomberg is born in Tallinn, Estonia, living in Saaremaa, Kuressaare. Graduated from Estonian State Art Institute (Estonian Academy of Arts) as a textile designer in 1981, Master degree in Estonian Academy of Arts folk art department in 2004. Participated in expeditions to Finno-Ugric people by Estonian State Art Institute and Estonian National Museum in 1978-1986.
Participated in republic and international exhibitions of textile art since 1980. Worked as textile designer in Kuressaare 1981-1989, textile designer in Helmi Vuorelma OY, Finland 1990-1992. Since 1992 own textile studio and knitting workshop Ruut & Triip OÜ in Kuressaare. Since 2000 lecturer in University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy Estonian Native Crafts Department.
Kihnu troi is the most popular and vivid item of traditional Estonian knitwear. Troi has been a universal item of clothing - a new troi was suitable for parties, an old one was worn at work. The patterns of earlier trois were smaller - "vitsad, pakud, täpid", the twig, block and dot patterns differed from each other. Newer trois were made in bigger pattern and edging was also similar.
In the workshop, we’ll study the hem, cuffs and collar techniques of the traditional Kihnu men’s sweater and their overall pattern in traditional colours.
Participants will create their individual wrist warmer based on these traditional rules and techniques. The needles used are size 2 and the yarn is 8/2 worsted wool, included in the participation fee. Prior experience in knitting is required.